Next up is our club secretary Mike Carroll. Mike is another man in a variety of roles at our Club. These days you'd just as easy catch him on the sideline as you would see his name at the bottom of the many, many emails he sends out to keep us all informed.
As you will read below Mike has also held many roles within the club stretching back over the last few decades. If you want to know anything about Milltown/Castlemaine GAA Clubs history Mike is a fountain of knowledge.
So for those of you who would like to get to know Mike a little better here is his story:
Your role at the club:
Mike has been in his current role of secretary for the last six years. Before that he had a few of other roles to say the least as Chairman, PRO, Chairman of Finance Committee, Mid Kerry Board Delegate and was also county PRO of Coiste na nÓg for ten years. Mike says that his favourite thing about his role is the interaction between other club and county board personnel. He says he was at his proudest in his current role after the 2019 Mid Kerry Championship win, that is when the picture above was taken. As the jubilation of the win carried on around him, Mike was still working hard in his role as our club secretary.
We were lucky to be able to use the same photo with Mikes profile as pictured above with his team mate Podge is Mike Carroll front and centre.
Time in the GAA:
Mikes position as a player was Corner or Wing Back.
Mikes club hero is the great Damien Murphy and at county level is the legend Charlie Nelligan. He says his favourite ground is Austin Stacks Park, Tralee and his favourite memory within the GAA is the 'Road to Croker' with Milltown/Castlemaine GAA Club in 2011/2012.
Mike says that his other sporting interests when he has the chance are Rugby and Horse Racing while he graced many a soccer pitch also. His favourite sporting memories were the 1999 Champions League Final along with the Ian and Derek Twiss points in the 2001
CFL Div. 1 and Mid Kerry Championship finals.
As for Mikes sporting heroes are Steve Bruce and John Fintan Daly are the pick of the bunch.
As for life outside of sport Mike enjoys cycling and socialising. When enjoying a meal he is at his happiest with any chicken dish. After many a battle on the football pitch its not surprising his favourite film is Gladiator. A little more left field though Mike enjoys any TV show with Mary Berry in it. More on that later....
Well known to sing a song or two we are surprised to see the Wild Colonial boy not make the list but Bruce Springsteen is the man Mike enjoys listening to most and his favourite tune is the Voyage.
The Final 5:
Favourite day out in the Kingdom? – Munster Final day in Killarney
Favourite ice cream flavour – Mint
Most treasured trophy or medal? – First ever medal I won when we won the local 5 a side in
Top of your bucket list? 1. In these testing times live long enough to see my grandchildren grow
up. 2. Attend Willie Nelson’s funeral!! (It promises to be one hell of a Hooley!)
Tell us something we won’t know about you? – Fairly adept in the kitchen and I could also bake
you a decent cake! (that explains Mary Berry)
Thank You Mike
We hope you have enjoyed getting to know our Secretary Mike a little better. If you see him at the club ask him anything you want to about the history of his beloved Milltown/Castlemaine GAA Club, he will enjoy the answer as much as you do.......